One of the most incredible places we visited was St. Catherine’s Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula, at the mouth of a gorge at the foot of Mount Sinai, near the town of Saint Catherine, Egypt. The monastery is named after Catherine of Alexandria.
The monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery library preserves the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts in the world, outnumbered only by the Vatican Library. It contains Greek, Georgian, Arabic, Coptic, Hebrew, Armenian, Aramaic and Caucasian Albanian texts. (Wikipedia)
Several members from our group made the long trek to the top of Mt Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. They left at 11 pm and the first part of the journey was by camel (apprx 2 hours) and then they had to walk/climb the rest of the way (another 2-3 hours) in the dark, led by Bedouin guides. Temps were in the 20’s & lower. One hiker’s comment was that the “stars were right there! Like you could reach out and touch them!”. They then waited to greet the sunrise from the top of the mountain.
The monastery has guest accommodations that are simple & clean. Besides the dramatic scenery, I was drawn to photograph the various doors and gates around the property.